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Colin Meloy Sings Live!

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Devil's Elbow
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We Both Go Down Together
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Evoking a Campfire Singalong
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The Gymnast, High Above the Ground
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Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect > Dreams
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Dracula's Daughter
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Wonder
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A Brief Introduction to Shirley Collins
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Barbara Allen
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The Engine Driver
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On the Bus Mall
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A Skull, a Ship, and a Sheep
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California One / Youth and Beauty Brigade > Ask
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The Bachelor and the Bride
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A Cautionary Song
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Red Right Ankle
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Bandit Queen
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 74:02

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Barry Walters

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Award-winning critic Barry Walters is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His interview with Prince a...more »

04.30.09
The sheen is dead: Decemberists frontman strips songs to the basics.
2009 | Label: Kill Rock Stars / Redeye

Until this album, I hadn’t decided if I really liked the Decemberists or not. Maybe I still haven’t, but consider me a fan of leader Colin Meloy. On Decemberists discs, I hear a gap — one that continues to narrow but nevertheless remains — between Meloy’s grand aesthetic ambitions and the band's inability to achieve the folky intricacies of Fairport Convention or match the Smiths’ sense of propulsion and longing. But on this… read more »

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Fun live album

clubbaker

If you like the Decemberists, you'll probably like this album.

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Love it or hate it?

Shel243

Kind of an odd Jonathan Richmond feel to some of his stuff, but despite the quirkiness, what a huge talent!

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Campfire sing along

theenddecay

If an acoustic, coffehouse setting is what you like in your music (and the Decemberists), then you'll love this. Especially for the mind-blowing "Dracula's Daugther."

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Our Brecht/Weill

rmblack

Colin Meloy. If you are a student of history and appreciate Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, then Colin Meloy is just the ticket. He's got great writing...velvet needle songwriting...earnestness...curiosity...a cousin to Morrissey (whose songs he also does elsewhere)....a real original voice that has resonances elsewhere...get this and get the tunes of his band: The Decemberists!

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It’s fitting that head Decemberist Colin Meloy’s first “official” release as a solo artist would be a live album, as the bespectacled auteur has already self-released (in very limited quantities and only available at shows) a collection of Morrissey covers, an EP of Sam Cooke songs, and a set of tunes from British folk legend Shirley Collins. On Colin Meloy Sings Live!, the focus is on the author’s own material, touching on everything from the Decemberists catalog and recent unreleased solo material to songs from his first band, Tarkio. Recorded over a span of two weeks in 2006, Meloy strips things down to just acoustic guitar and voice, allowing audiences an atypically arrangement-free peek into the noted bibliophile’s vast arsenal of song. Fan favorites like “Engine Driver,” “Gymnast, High Above the Ground,” and “Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect,” the latter of which features a nice Fleetwood Mac “Dreams” coda, benefit from the newfound austerity, exposing plenty of previously buried lyrical twists and hidden melodies. That said, Sings Live! is not a landmark album, nor even a superb “live” album, but the sound quality is decent enough (though the “acoustic guitar through the board” is a bit disappointing), and Meloy is a jovial host with his adoring fans, who ultimately this collection of songs was released for. – James Christopher Monger

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